In collecting my shuin templte stamps (御朱印帳). I went to a large temple complext just a few stations down the road called Takahata-fudo (高幡不動). The large complex has a large forested area in the back that has 88 small stone statues, known as go-jisho-san (ご地蔵さん) in Japanese. This is the same number as the 88 temple tour through the Shikoku Island.

旅じゃないけど、一枚増えましたMy Shuin Book 2015-05-24 13.43.46

Bowing experience

After living this long in Japan, it isn’t everyday that I think “wow this is Japan” but it happened today.

I timed going to the gym this morning so that I would finish right as the department store across the street would open so that I could nip in and get some groceries from the supermarket in the basement. In order to get to the Isetan (company name of the department store) grocery store I walked through the premium food area (includes everything from premade food to chocolates and cookies and the like) and every attendant was standing in front of their stand and bowed at the precise moment that I walked bay. It felt like a wave of bowing as I walked by, there must have been a total of thirty people. Rather than going to see things I think this is a must-experience for a visitor to Japan.